New York City is trying to lead the way in public health initiatives. Part of this initiative is city wide bike share program. The catch is you can only ride the bike if you are less than 260 pounds, meaning the people who need to bike the most are banned from the program.
We have all heard about outlawing the oversized sodas in NYC; but this is a bit different. Bike riding is great exercise and by preventing overweight people from participating in the program it just seems counter-intuitive.
The reason for the ban is wear and tear on the bikes. Yet a number of cyclists and bike shop owners have said that that the hefty frames on the bikes used in the program should be adequate to support someone who weighs 260 pounds. In any event, it turns out that DC and Boston have similar weight policies for their city wide bike share programs.
The good news is that the NYC Department of Transportation will not be enforcing the weight limits (and how would they anyways, issue scales to all its officers), so keep an eye open for the NYC bike share program and enjoy the ride!
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison